2045 Long Range Transportation Plan Project Prioritization Exercise

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Your input will help us choose fiscally constrained roadway, bicycle and pedestrian, and transit projects to include in the 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan.

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How Transportation Funding Works

Funding for the maintenance and growth of the transportation system in the Grand Island area, and across Nebraska and the United States generally, comes from a variety of sources. This funding is limited, and transportation planning organizations like the Grand Island Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (GIAMPO) and their member jurisdictions need to carefully consider which potential transportation investments best fit with the needs of the Grand Island area.

These sources include Federal government, State of Nebraska funds, and local funds from city and county government. Each of these funding sources pay for different aspects of the transportation system. For instance, some funding programs only pay for improvements on the state highway system, and other programs only pay for trails and bike routes. Due to the complexity of how the transportation system is funded, this exercise has been simplified into general levels of transportation funding and project costs. The goal is to have the public provide their priorities for future transportation projects, and provide some generalized levels of what can be afforded and what might be beyond the 25-year funding capacity of the Grand Island area.

Thank you for participating in our exercise, and helping us plan for the future of the regional transportation system.

US-281 Intersection Improvements

Cost: $12M

Type:

Intersection Improvements

Description:

This project would provide improvements to intersections along the US-281 corridor, from Highway 34 north to Capital Avenue, to help improve traffic flows and safety. Specific improvements provided by this project include: improved intersection geometries, upgraded traffic signals, and new signal technologies such as long-term signal-to-signal communications and advanced warnings for rural intersections for northbound traffic.

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Claude Road Extension

Cost: $5M

Type:

New Corridor

Description:

This project would extend Claude Road north, from Faidley Avenue to State Street, potentially including roundabouts at the intersections of Faidley and State Street. This new road would help divert some future traffic from US-281 by providing an alternate north-south route to the local commercial and residential accesses.

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Broadwell & UPRR Grade Separation

Cost: $25M

Type:

Grade Separation

Description:

This project would construct a bridge or underpass at the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) crossing on Broadwell Avenue, allowing for more reliable and efficient travel and emergency response as vehicles would no longer have to stop for passing trains.

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Broadwell Avenue Widening & Extension

Cost: $5.5M

Type:

Roadway Widening & New Corridor

Description:

This project would remove on-street parking and restripe the section of Broadwell Avenue from 1st Street to Anna Street, resulting in a three-lane cross section. A three-lane cross section would improve traffic movements due the presence of a center turn lane. This project would also extend Broadwell Avenue from Anna Street to Adams Street, as well as widen Fonner Park Road between Adams and Sylvan Streets.

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Stuhr Road Widening

Cost: $12M

Type:

Roadway Widening

Description:

This project would widen the two-lane section of Stuhr Road between Highway 34 and Highway 30 to an urban three-lane section, which includes one through lane in each direction with a center turn lane.

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Stuhr Road / Sky Park Road Corridor and Grade Separation

Cost: $18M

Type:

New Corridor and Grade Separation

Description:

This project would construct a new corridor along Stuhr Road to connect between US 30 and Sky Park Road at 7th Street bridge or underpass at the UPPR. This connection would create a new corridor to enhance access in eastern Grand Island, allowing for more reliable and efficient travel for commuters, freight users, and emergency response vehicles.

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West US-30 Bypass

Cost: $30M

Type:

New Corridor

Description:

This project would create a high-speed regional bypass on US-30, north of the village of Alda. The project would connect with the new alignment of US-30 being constructed by the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

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East Bypass

Cost: $60M

Type:

New Corridor

Description:

This project would construct a high-speed regional bypass in the eastern part of the GIAMPO region, connecting Locust Street to US 34 and US 30 on the east side of Grand Island and US 281 on the north side of Grand Island.

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Rank all eight projects and choose your top three projects.

Project Budget

$30M

Your Projects

$0

Drag your top 3 projects here in order of preference
Then rank the rest of the projects by your preference

Drag your top 3 projects here, then rank all projects by your preference

1 US-281 Intersection Improvements

Cost: $12M

2 Claude Road Extension

Cost: $5M

3 Broadwell & UPRR Grade Separation

Cost: $25M

4 Broadwell Avenue Widening & Extension

Cost: $5.5M

5 Stuhr Road Widening

Cost: $12M

6 Stuhr Road / Sky Park Road Corridor and Grade Separation

Cost: $18M

7 West US-30 Bypass

Cost: $30M

8 East Bypass

Cost: $60M

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North Broadwell Avenue Trail

Cost: $300k

Type:

Trail

Description:

This project would create a shared use trail along Broadwell Avenue from Capital Avenue to Eagle Scout Park connecting to the existing Eagle Scout Park trail.

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Shoemaker and Moore Creek Trails

Cost: $1.7M

Type:

Trail

Description:

Shoemaker and Moore Creek Trails will connect the existing Shoemaker Trail near Shoemaker School to Cedar Hills Park, ending near the new medical center, Stuhr museum and college. This trail would provide access to the Stuhr Trail and Riverway Trail as well.

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Mormon Island Trail

Cost: $2.1M

Type:

Trail

Description:

This project would extend the shared use trail on S Locust Street from current trail terminus at Riverway trail and along the Platte River to the Mormon Island State Recreation Area, providing the GIAMPO region with an additional recreational trail for bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Stuhr Road Trail

Cost: $1.6M

Type:

Trail

Description:

This project would create a sidepath trail alongside Stuhr road between the Wood River flood diversion channel (and proposed Riverway trail extension) and Swift Road near the JBS plant.

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Downtown Curb Extensions

Cost: $800k

Type:

Crossing Improvement

Description:

This project would create curb extensions at bicycle and pedestrian crossings for major redevelopment projects in downtown Grand Island.

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US-281 South Trail

Cost: $1.3M

Type:

Trail

Description:

This project would create a new shared use trail along US-281, from Schimmer Drive to Mormon Island State Recreation Area.

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Stolley Park Trail

Cost: $1.1M

Type:

Trail

Description:

This project would create a new shared use trail along Stolley Park Road, from Webb Road to Stuhr Road.

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Riverway Trail Extension

Cost: $900k

Type:

Trail

Description:

This project would pave the current unpaved trail between paved portions of the Riverway trail, along the Wood River flood diversion channel between just east of Locust Street and the Platte River near US 34.

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Oak Street Bicycle Boulevard

Cost: $200k

Type:

On-Street Bike Boulevard

Description:

This project would create a bicycle boulevard along Oak Street with on-street elements including shoulder markings, intersection improvements, and pavement markings for bicycles. It would also include a short sidepath trail segment along Fonner Park Boulevard between Oak and Sycamore.

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Rank all nine projects and choose your top three projects.

Project Budget

$3M

Your Projects

$0

Drag your top 3 projects here in order of preference
Then rank the rest of the projects by your preference

Drag your top 3 projects here, then rank all projects by your preference

1 North Broadwell Avenue Trail

Cost: $300k

2 Shoemaker and Moore Creek Trails

Cost: $1.7M

3 Mormon Island Trail

Cost: $2.1M

4 Stuhr Road Trail

Cost: $1.6M

5 Downtown Curb Extensions

Cost: $800k

6 US-281 South Trail

Cost: $1.3M

7 Stolley Park Trail

Cost: $1.1M

8 Riverway Trail Extension

Cost: $900k

9 Oak Street Bicycle Boulevard

Cost: $200k

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New Transit Operations Building

Type:

Transit Facilities

Description:

This project would create a transit operations building for the Grand Island area’s transit service provider, Central Ride Agency of Nebraska (CRANE). The building will improve transit operations and preventative maintenance, and improve communications and route planning for the system.

Enhancements to Transit Service

Type:

Transit Operations

Description:

This project would potentially expand the services offered by CRANE to include options such as limited fixed route or flexible fixed route services. Other service expansions might include longer hours of operations.

Continued Replacement and Maintenance of Transit Vehicles

Type:

Transit Operations and Capital

Description:

This project would continue operations and maintenance of the current bus fleet, and continue vehicle replacements as older vehicles reach the end of their serviceable life.

Rank the three transit strategies below.

1 New Transit Operations Building

2 Enhancements to Transit Service

3 Continued Replacement and Maintenance of Transit Vehicles

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Thank you for your roadway choices!

See your results below, and then click “back” if you’d like to prioritize other modes of travel!

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You chose:

1 Project A

Cost: $300

2 Project B

Cost: $200

3 Project C

Cost: $250

Project cost:

You chose some great projects for Grand Island’s transportation system, but you went over budget. The 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan must be fiscally constrained to anticipated funding for the next 25 years. Your input will help us further prioritize these projects.

Project Budget

$1,000

Exceeds Budget

$0

You stayed under budget!

Great job! Your chosen projects will improve Grand Island’s transportation system AND are fiscally constrained to anticipated funding for the next 25 years.

Project Budget

$1,000

Within Budget

$0

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